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Clergy Appreciation Month – A Few New Books to Give as Gifts!

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October is Clergy Appreciation Month. 

Although this is publishing a little later than I hoped (due to my mid-month vacation), I wanted to highlight a few excellent new books for Clergy Appreciation Month that might be great gifts to give to your pastor, or if you are a pastor yourself, to treat yourself to or to give to co-pastors or other friends who are pastors.

Friendship (Pastoring for Life: Theological Wisdom for Ministering Well)

Victor Lee Austin

In this vibrant theological reflection on the meaning of friendship, experienced pastor and leading Christian ethicist Victor Lee Austin argues that friendship is the medium through which God shares grace with his creatures. Mixing personal reflection and theological commentary, Austin provides a fresh reading of classical writers and biblical texts; shows how a robust theology of friendship addresses contemporary controversies in the areas of marriage, celibacy, and homosexuality; and draws on cultural examples of the desire for true friendship. Ultimately, Austin helps readers understand the strange yet real possibility of friendship with God.

*** Be sure to check out the other titles
in this superb series, Pastoring for Life!

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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